Stuttgart – Dr. Yichao Tang focuses on designing and fabricating locomotive soft robotics, on mechanics and design of kirigami-based mechanical metamaterials, as well as on developing high-energy-density artificial muscle. On December 1, 2019, Tang joined the Physical Intelligence Department at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Stuttgart with the support of a two-year Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers. He joined the team from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he worked on soft robotics and mechanical metamaterials. After finishing his Ph.D., Tang continued his research at the University of Illinois’ Urbana-Champaign as a Postdoctoral Researcher, where he developed artificial muscles.
"I admire Prof. Metin Sitti's reputation in building the next-generation small-scale medical robots and thus hope to work with a world-class scientist like him in this new area, “ says Tang. Sitti heads the Physical Intelligence Department, which he founded in 2014 at the Stuttgart site of the MPI-IS.
"Yichao is bringing great expertise on kirigami- and origami-based soft metamaterials from his Ph.D. work in the USA to our department. I look forward to progressing the soft robotics field with him further in new advanced soft robot and metamaterial designs,” says Dr. Metin Sitti, who heads the Physical Intelligence Department.
Each year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants approximately 500 fellowships to postdoctoral researchers of all nationalities and disciplines from abroad. They must have above average qualifications, be at the beginning of their academic career and have only completed their doctorate in the past four years. A Humboldt Research Fellowship for postdoctoral researchers allows the awardee to carry out long-term research of six months to two years in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host.
Find out more about the Humboldt Postdoctoral Research Fellowship here.